08:19 GMT20 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The German state of Bavaria may produce the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, the head of the state, minister-president Markus Söder told FAZ newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

    "We must think more freely, generally speaking. This means authorising Russian vaccine Sputnik V as soon as possible if it complies with the requirements," the minister-president told the newspaper.

    The Bavarian Health Ministry reportedly said Friday that R-Pharm company, which produces Sputnik V, was investing more than 30 million euros in the expansion of a production facility in the Bavarian town of Illertissen.

    Sputnik V has been approved for use in 53 countries with a total population of over 1.4 billion people.

    In February, the peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet, published an interim analysis from the Phase III clinical trials of the Russian vaccine, showing its 91.6-percent efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

    Developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Sputnik V became the world's first officially-registered vaccine against COVID-19.

    Germany, vaccine, Sputnik V, Russia
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